Success!!! I am now running Fedora Core 2 on my Dell M60 with working 802.11b (ipw2100)
After looking everywhere, it was this forum that lead to the most success.
How I did it......The RPM way.
go to Atrpms
Thanks Axel Thimm for this site.
Lots of great rpms.
I used yum to install mostly everything......
Prepare yum by following these instructions yum config
We need to hack a bit because the yum config
tutorial doesn't include the testing channel.
All you do is add this
name=ATrpms for Fedora Core $releasever testing
run yum check-update
......after millions of years(I wise man once said dial-up is man greatest test).........
I tip is to # out the servers you don't want to contact in yum.conf, speeds thing up a little.
yum install ipw2100 hostap-driver hostapd hostap-utils
If you lucky this will work for you. Unfortinately it wasn't for me.
After yum installed the wrong kernel patch and hostap would not install becuase a failed dependencie, from installing the worng kernel module....
I took to it manually downloading the correct kernel-module for ipw2100, hostap-driver and its kernel-module.
Make sure you have wireless exstensions
I also manually loaded the firmware using hotplug, by following the INSTALL
instructions on the topic.
Again yums rpm install of the firmware worked but I had no idea where the firmware was and whether it was loaded properly.
Bing! I rebooted and linux found the hardware configured it and it work beautifully.
The problem I found with yum was that when I would install a module, yum would pick the wrong dependencies. I could be doing something wrong though.
I hope this helps, because everybody here helped get me going. Thanks to geoMatt, whos post sent me in the right direction.
quadro fx go 700
intel PRO wireless 2100 (802.11b)
Fedora Core 2